Bannari amman temple (Tamil: பண்ணாரி அம்மன் கோயில்) is one of the most famous Amman temples in Tamil nadu and it is in Bannari on NH 209, 14kms from Sathyamangalam, Erode district. Around 300 years ago, the dana Nayakkan or Dhandanyakkan forest is now well known as "BANNARI".
This name Bannari for this great historical place origined because of the great temple "Bannari Amman Temple". Bannari located on the North West boundary of Kongu Nadu. Of late, it has become pilgrim's paradise because devotees from far and near visit this spot. It is held in high esteem as the celebrated abode of Goddess Mariamman. 'Kundam' Festival is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Panguni (March - April). This is the most famous annual festival, thousands of devotees from different directions throng the temple in this month which is marked by festivity and gaiety.
History of the Temple :
People of past had witnessed the wonderful sight of tigers and cows quenching their thirst at the same spot of the river.Cowherds used to drive the cattle to the fields jeer for grazing. The cows fed on the grass found in plenty here. These cows were driven back to the stables at dusk.The cowherds used to extract milk form the udder of each cow and hand over the collected Milk to the owners of the cows. One particular cow did not allow the cowherd to get milk, nor did it allow its calf to go near it.
Around 300 years ago, the dana Nayakkan or Dhandanyakkan forest you all know now its been called as “BANNARI”. This name Bannari for this great historical place origined because of the great temple “Bannari Amman Temple”.
DIVINE MESSAGE OF THE DEITY:
Among the devotees who were there, one got into a trance. As a spokesman of the Deity he began to pass on the divine message to everybody. According to his words, it was understood that the deity safeguarded the traders from Kerala who passed by that way to Mysore to sell their goods carried by cows on their back. The deity was enamoured of the picturesque beauty of that place and she decided to stay on there to bless and protect the pilgrims. Moreover, she wanted a temple to be constructed there so that the people in and around that place would pray to Her in the name of Bannari Mariamman. Thus Bannari became the permanent abode of the goddess.
Kundam Festival is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Panguni (March - April). This is the most famous annual festival, thousands of devotees from different directions throng the temple in this month which is marked by festivity and gaiety.
Darshan (meaning open to the public) hours are from 5.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Kalasanthi (5.30 A.M)
Uchikalam (11.30 A.M)
Sayaratchai (5.30 P.M)
Arthasamam (11.30 P.M)
Women devotees participate in Thiruvilakku pooja on last Friday of every Tamil month.
There are lot of buses from Sathyamangalam(15km), Bhavanisagar, Thalavadi and Chamarajanagar (60km) to reach Bannari. The buses from Coimbatore and Erode to Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Kollegal on NH 209 also passes through Bannari. One can also get the buses from Bhavanisagar and reach the temple via Kothamangalam, but this is a long route to reach Bannari. And on every Sunday, Monday, Friday and new moon days there are special buses to the temple from Sathyamangalam, Erode, Gobichettipalayam and Coimbatore.
The nearest railway station is Mettupalayam, the other near railways stations are Coimbatore and Chamarajanagar.